Saturday, July 19, 2008

Out of Time by Samantha Graves

Out of Time
Samantha Graves
July 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-446-61837-3

From the Publisher’s site:
For museum curator Jillian Talbot, her ability to see an object's history is her little secret. She never expects it to land her in the middle of a deadly battle for money and power between dangerous underground elements. The object of their greed: an ancient crystal lens that can unlock mysteries from the past... but only for someone with the sight. The one person who doesn't seem to want her dead is a cynical tomb raider who Jillian can only hope is worthy of her trust...

Simon Bonner has paid the last of his debts and is out of the looting game...until the lens lands on his doorstep. The other half of the crystal's secret is locked inside the eyes of a straitlaced psychic who still believes in doing the right thing. Now he must track the mystery deep into Mexico, where his desire to stay alive and his growing passion for the sexy seer make every move a dance with danger.

Tomorrow could be history.
My thoughts:
Simon Bonner thought he was retiring from tomb-raiding until an early morning visitor tells him otherwise. His ex-wife has been kidnapped and will be killed unless he finds a way to convince a woman named Jillian Talbot to help him. There’s a a crystal lens for finding a hidden treasure in Mexico, and somehow she’s the key to locating it.

Jillian Talbot enjoys her job as head curator at the Linden Museum in Harlem. When everyone’s left for the night she can use her special gift and delve into the past of the pieces on display. Her talent for catching glimpses of the past is about to become very valuable to Simon, because without her help as the Seer he has no chance of saving his ex. After the last time Jillian shared her secret gift with the man she cared about, she’s not expecting Simon to stick around once the job is done. Still, an affair with the rugged man might be just the thing she needs.

Samantha Graves weaves a suspense filled paranormal adventure as her characters work against a clock that’s ticking down to murder. Out of Time leads readers to Mexico where the story’s heroine picks up the trail of an ancient treasure. This is a fast-moving and suspenseful read, with fascinating paranormal elements. There’s a nice spark of chemistry between the lead characters, and they manage to conquer their disastrous pasts and move on to a romance that takes root hesitantly. Readers may see the double-cross coming, but there’s a twist in the end that really makes the book worth every page.

To learn more about Ms. Graves and read an excerpt of Out of Time, please visit her website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Enchanted by Books said...

Great review! This one sounds really good and like something I'd enjoy! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks Rachael! I loved the paranormal element, but I know you'll enjoy all of the suspense and double-cross going on even more. :)

Enchanted by Books said...

Oh yes. I love suspense. I miss reading mysteries. I have a good one in my pile that I can't wait to read. Black Out by Lisa Unger. :)

Kimberly Swan said...

This is a good mix, so you should really like it. :) I'll watch for you to review that one.

jessewave said...

This sounds like my kind of book because I really love mysteries and the addition of the paranormal makes it even better. Sign me up :)

Great review.

Kimberly Swan said...

Glad to see I'm adding to your wish list as well! *grin*

Daelith said...

I'll be adding this one to my wish list too. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Daelith - My pleasure! Glad I could help you find something new. :)